May, 2006

WAL-MART ROUND TABLE

WE ARE SPONSORING A WAL-MART ROUND TABLE CONCERNING WAL-MART AND THE BRONX, HERE IS THE FLYER WE HAVE BEEN SENDING OUT. THE ROUND TABLE WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND.

Wal-MartFreeNYC

Dear Friends:

I would like to please ask you to attend an important roundtable conversation regarding

“Wal-marts Entrance into the Bronx

and the Community Response.”

If you are unable to make the meeting, I would ask that you please send a designated representative. This is a very important meeting.

When: Friday, June 2nd from 9:OO AM to 11:00 AM.

Where: CUNY Hostos Community College,

120 East Walton Avenue (149th Street, 1 block off the

Grand Concourse) Ask for the Savoy Room

Breakfast will be served.

We will be discussing the role of labor, community groups, business organizations, immigrant rights groups, religious leaders, elected officials and other interested parties in keeping the Bronx Wal-Mart Free.

We will also be updating you on Wal-Marts Campaign to infiltrate the Bronx. They have been throwing the money around seeking to buy support from many organizations.

This is a very important meeting. We want it to be an active and lively conversation. I promise no long boring speeches. We need the input of all of you.

Please R.S.V.P. to either Pat Purcell at 1-973-583-9651 or Ed Lynch at 646-280-8377.

Event Sponsors

Wal-MartFreeNYC U.F.C.W./R.W.D.S.U. NYC JwJ

Note: If you would like to be a sponsor of our efforts, please let me know. We would love to list you as a supporter of the campaign. There is NO financial commitment. All we ask for is your brains, enthusiasm and commitment.

Study confirms: Wal-Mart contributes to Poverty

Study finds Wal-Mart contributes to poverty
A study focused on the effects of Wal-Mart stores on poverty rates found that an estimated 20,000 families nationwide have fallen below the official poverty line as a result of the chain’s expansion. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., ranked No. 5 on the St. Louis Business Journal’s most recent list of the area’s largest employers. As of Dec. 31, Wal-Mart employed 13,005 people in the St. Louis metro area.

The study — Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty — written by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University, and Hema Swaminathan for the International Center for Research on Women, was published in the latest issue of Social Science Quarterly.

WAL-MART SENDS THREATS TO COMMUNITY …

WAL-MART APOLOGIZES FOR THREATENING ITS NEIGHBORS

* Wal-Mart apologizes for threat (The Orlando Sentinel) (CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE)
Wal-Mart officials said Tuesday that they are apologizing to homeowners in Putnam County who received a letter from a company representative that threatened the use of eminent domain if they did not sell their property to the company. For several months, Wal-Mart has faced opposition to a planned 800,000-square-foot distribution center just over the Volusia County line. Last week, after several residents complained about the letters.

* Click here to read “Shameless: How Wal-Mart Bullies Its Way Into Communities Across America.”

After reading these articles you must ask yourself, Do you want Wal-Mart in YOUR community??
This is unacceptable, Wal-Mart continues to strive on taking advantage of communities, we must continue to put an end to their inhumane tactics.

Wal-Mart Crime Reports released…

An amazing new webpage has been released allowing viewers to access crime reports for their local Wal-Marts. The site www.walmartcrimereport.com, allows you to enter any zip code throughout the United States and the closest Wal-Mart Crime reports are available. Check out the webpage it is a great way to find out how Wal-Mart yet again hurts communities.

The study and statistics were released in NY on Tuesday May 9th…

May 10, 2006 — Rep. Anthony Weiner and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum yesterday joined food-service workers to warn that if Wal-Mart comes to the Big Apple, the store will be a crime magnet.

The Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union released a survey of 551 Wal-Mart stores showing there were a total of 148,331 police calls there in 2004.

It was a protest “supported by elected officials who claim they care about the city’s working class,” said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mia Masten.